Custom House redevelopment programme
Work is now well underway to develop a planning application for the first phases of redevelopment at Custom House, working closely with the community.
The plans will improve the neighbourhood at the heart of Freemasons Road for the whole community by providing between 800-900 new quality homes, safer and more attractive streets, improved local shops, a health hub and community facilities. The first sites for redevelopment are around Freemasons Road and Custom House Station. We’ve developed a new masterplan using innovative coproduction techniques working alongside the community.
Developed in collaboration with local residents
AKA Architects and the rest of the design team were chosen by the Council and community representatives to work with local people on the design of a new centre at Custom House.
They have been holding plenty of community events to get people involved in shaping the regeneration, looking at the identity of Custom House and the aims, vision and priorities for the regeneration of the area. They have also been getting the community’s ideas about what makes a great neighbourhood from new homes to the high street and community facilities.
It’s great that residents are getting involved in this exciting regeneration programme at Custom House. It has been good to hear ideas about the future development of Custom House at these events and these are informing the proposals for the area.
An exciting new chapter for 2020
Now that we have a preferred option for delivering the regeneration of Custom House the details of the scheme will be worked up so a planning application can be submitted in 2020.
In 2019 residents elected their community representatives, who have been meeting with Council officers and the design team to discuss and feed into the design process and ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for the whole community to get involved and have its say.
We have also set up the Custom House Regeneration Hub at 25 Freemasons Road (the former Post Office) so that residents can pop in to talk to us about the regeneration of their neighbourhood.
We have exciting plans for some innovative temporary uses to breathe life into the Freemasons Road area – watch this space!
Your Custom House magazine Winter 2019 Issue 2 (PDF) has more information on the ongoing programme.